14 June 2010 The friendly city of Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth gave thousands of football fans – as well as Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan – an exuberant welcome as the first World Cup match kicked off at its new stadium on Saturday. “I wanted to be here, to see the first World Cup match in my own city in the very stadium that has the name of Nelson Mandela,” said an evidently proud Jordaan of the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium, which cuts a impressive picture with its white, sail-like structures.‘This reflects how far we have come’ For Jordaan it was something he thought impossible while growing up in Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth during the years of Apartheid. “When I grew up here, this was a white area. I couldn’t come here. To stand here and be part of the organisation of the World Cup in this area, in this stadium – it’s incredible to see. This match reflects how far we have come.” For the local and foreign fans in the stands, the feeling of camaraderie broke all international boundaries, as hundreds of Korea Republic supporters cheered and chanted, shouting “Dae han min guk”, the Korean word for “Korea”, as their sports idols gave a commanding performance in beating Greece 2-0. “It’s fantastic, the way that everyone is just bonding,” said Nelson Mandela Metro University architecture student Elke le Roux, as Greece and Korean fans did a little jig in the stands, rallying up deafening support from the crowds as a chorus of vuvuzelas synchronised perfectly with the tune of a Korea Republic fan band.Promoting Korean culture and history Five Korean musicians – dressed in full traditional clothing, colourful face-paint and playing traditional Korean instruments – are celebrating the end of a year-long trek around the world to promote Korean culture and history. “This – coming to the World Cup in South Africa – is the grand finale of a worldwide trip,” said Korean flute player Jin-Won Chung, a mechanical engineering student from Seoul National University, who is enamoured of the “noisy but amazing” vuvuzela. “We are glad to be here to witness this wonderful situation,” said Chung. “We came here with our costumes and our music to show the world Korean culture. We are also trying to protect the heritage of the beautiful island of Dokdo by creating awareness. “We have already travelled to North and South America, Australia, Europe and Kenya. South Africa is the last and best stop.”Following Greece around the country The Greece fans also came out in their droves to support their team. A group of 13 Johannesburg-based Greece supporters chartered a flight to Nelson Mandela Bay for the game. “We are following Greece around the country,” said Melina Lambiakis, from Bedfordview. “We watched the opening match yesterday, and now we are in Port Elizabeth today.” When asked what inspired the countrywide tailing of the Greek team, Lambiakis said that if you were Greek, you had no choice but to support your country. “We are just compelled to support.” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A federal jury has ordered Swiss giant Syngenta to pay $217.7 million to Kansas farmers after a verdict was announced this week at a trial in Kansas City. The class action lawsuit was brought because of the Viptera line of corn seed Syngenta began selling to farmers in 2011. At the time, Sygenta hadn’t received Chinese approval of the trait (MIR162) within the seed that gave it insect resistance.China began rejecting U.S. grain shipments in 2013 because it detected the unapproved trait in corn. China would go on to approve the trait in 2014 but farmers contended the damage had been done because of lower corn prices and lost sales. The plaintiffs contend that the China rejection led to grower losses of more than $5 billion.The trial featured four Kansas farmers representing more than 7,000 across the state. Syngenta issued a statement saying they were disappointed with the verdict “because it will only serve to deny American farmers access to future technologies, even when they’re approved in the U.S.” The release said the case is without merit and Syngenta will be moving forward with an appeal. Class action lawsuits have been approved in several other states, including Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, and South Dakota.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Not much happening over Ohio today. We cant rule out a few scattered showers in east and NE Ohio today but generally, most of the state turns out at least partly sunny, with clouds increasing this afternoon. We will see better organized showers break out tonight through tomorrow, bringing rain totals still from .1″-.6″ over 80% of the state. We see the moisture finally come to an end tomorrow afternoon, and the heavier rains will skew east. Much heavier action is possible in western PA.Partly to mostly sunny skies emerge for Friday and Saturday. WE have no change to our Sunday outlook either, still with a chance of scattered showers mostly over the central third of the state. Rain totals will generally be under a quarter of an inch with coverage at 60% from US 30 to about 75 miles south of I-70. The rest of the state stays partly to mostly sunny. We are making our early week outlook drier, keeping partly to mostly sunny skies on in for both Monday and Tuesday now. However, those drier changes are tied to uncertainty about the tropical event still trying to unfold over the western Gulf. The remains of “Barry” can make life interesting from Wednesday forward. Models still are wildly divergent. The Euro take the remains right up the Mississippi valley and into the corn belt. Others have the system spinning apart farther south, keeping rains well south of the Ohio River. IF the rains stay south, we likely see nothing until a front tries to nose in later in the week. IF the system does make it that far north, the result would be slow moving rain for a large chunk of Ohio for Wednesday through at least Friday. So, a lot rides on the track of that tropical event. Our leanings are for more of a southern track for now…but the Euro has been very persistent in taking moisture into the corn belt. So, we will continue to track. The map at right shows precipitation through next Tuesday…before the arrival or non-arrival of any tropical remains. Tropical system or not, we do expect showers and thunderstorms next Friday, the 19th into the 20th. But then the rest of the extended window is partly to mostly sunny and dry.
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